Cabaye looks for Manchester United repeat

COMPETITIVE ... Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye, centre right, and Aston Villa's  Brett Holman battle for the ball.
COMPETITIVE ... Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye, centre right, and Aston Villa's Brett Holman battle for the ball.
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YOHAN Cabaye’s targeting another huge result at St James’s Park – this time against Manchester United.

The finest hour of the midfielder’s Newcastle United career came at home against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side last season.

Cabaye scored a stunning free-kick in a comprehensive 3-0 win over the club a year ago.

And the 26-year-old – who was superb in Thursday night’s 3-0 Europa League victory against Bordeaux – is relishing tomorrow’s televised fixture.

“It was a special game for me and the team last season,” Cabaye told the Gazette.

“It was my favourite game. We played really well, and the stadium was full.

“The crowd was fantastic, and I think my free kick was my best in my time here. It’s the best memory for me.

“But Sunday is a new game. They played Tuesday night (against Cluj in the Champions League), and we played on Thursday. We will be ready. It’s no problem.

“From the start, we want to have the same mentality and fight on the pitch. We want the same energy. We have to have this if we want to win the game.”

With the backing of a sell-out crowd, Cabaye is upbeat about Newcastle’s chances of building on their impressive showing against Bordeaux and taking something from the game.

“It’s possible (to win),” said Cabaye. “We’re at home, and we’re a strong team at home.

“We play one of the best teams in the Premier League, and we have the support from the crowd in the stadium like a 12th man.

“I think it’s going to be a good game for us, and a good game to enjoy.”

The performance against Bordeaux, previously unbeaten in 17 games, was Newcastle’s best yet this season. After weeks of stuttering in the Premier League, United played with pace and purpose, and the game was all but won by the break.

Strikes from Shola Ameobi and Papiss Demba Cisse, and an own goal from Henrique just before half-time, saw Newcastle go top of their Europa League group with four games to play.

“I think it was our best performance,” reflected Cabaye. “We played with a European mentality, and we were strong.

“It’s always hard, and Bordeaux, for me, are a good team. They had been 17 games unbeaten. I think it was a really good performance.

“To score a goal just before half time is important. I think this goal killed Bordeaux. In the second half, we controlled the game.

“Now we have to a quick turnaround for Sunday, because it’s going to be a tough game.”

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